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Alexanders Donate Model T to Automotive Restoration Program

Aubrey Alexander (front row, left) and brother Adam (front row, right) deliver a 1926 Ford Model T to students and faculty outside College Avenue Labs, home to Penn College’s automotive restoration and collision repair majors.

A 1926 Ford Model T, traded to Alexander Nissan in 2013 by its Picture Rocks owner, has been passed on to Pennsylvania College of Technology students for use in a variety of automotive labs.

Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships donated the historic vehicle that was recently offloaded onto main campus, accompanied by brothers Adam and Aubrey Alexander.

“We appreciate this gift to our automotive restoration program from the Alexanders. In addition to value for our students in their curricular work, it serves as a way to engage prospective students in the restoration major,” said Elizabeth A. Biddle, the college’s director of corporate relations. “Our goal is to foster the interest in antique cars and the restoration industry among young people.”

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Published September 18, 2018 | Posted in Alumni, Collision Repair & Restoration, Faculty & Staff, Institutional Advancement, Students, Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies | Tagged as | One Comment

Hard Work, Volunteer Spirit Fuel CMA’s Record-Setting Effort

CMA members celebrate their volunteer service with pictorial evidence of their record-setting accomplishment. (Courtesy of Rick Mason Photography)

More than a dozen Penn College construction management students returned to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank this week, helping to pack boxes for the agency’s Military Share program. “A big shout-out to the Construction Management Association for joining in. They all had great attitudes and superb energy that motivated the rest of the group to keep going,” said Jenelle Longacre, the Food Bank’s volunteer project coordinator. “In fact, they helped this group to the point of breaking their own record of boxes packed during an event!” The old record was 950 boxes in 2½ hours; Tuesday’s group packed 970 boxes in an hour and 50 minutes. “Our volunteers are truly the heart of our mission,” added Longacre, who noted that the Food Bank delivers to seven sites in the Northern Tier. Penn College has a history of service to the nonprofit, with frequent visits from student organizations, fraternities and employees.

TRAK Machine Tools Augments Equipment Donations

TRAK Machine Tools Inc. recently donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. With the machines are, from left, Richard K. Hendricks Jr., automated manufacturing and machining faculty member and department head at Penn College; Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations for the college; and Rudy Gebhard, senior sales representative, Southwestern Industries Inc.

Pennsylvania College of Technology students in automated manufacturing and machining majors will benefit from two more pieces of equipment donated by TRAK Machine Tools Inc.

Richard and Marion Leonhard, part owners of the company, have donated two more computer-numerical-control milling machines for the college’s automated manufacturing lab. This latest gift brings to six the number of machines in the lab donated by TRAK Machine Tools.

The equipment is used in courses such as Basic Machine Tool Programming, Programming and Machining, Machine Tool Applications, and Fixture Design and Fabrication. Hundreds of students in the college’s four manufacturing majors will gain experience on the equipment each academic year.

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Industrial Design Students to Share International Experience

Tuesday's presentation by Bamonte (left) and Meredick ...

... will touch upon the wearable technology they explored in Finland, such as this temperature-reading bracelet.

Industrial design majors Nicole Bamonte and Abigail M. Meredick will discuss their June travels to Finland during a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Room 129 of College Avenue Labs. Bamonte, of Williamsport, and Meredick, of Danville, learned about and prototyped wearable technology among 80 students from 15 countries who attended the ninth annual International Summer School hosted by The Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu.

Civil-Rights Documentary Launches ‘Constitution Week’

With microphones in hand, Sinclair and Chappo encourage thoughtful dialogue in Penn's Inn.

Pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution are front and center, reminding today's citizens of its ongoing relevance.

A veteran of issue-driven campus forums, Miller keeps the conversation flowing.

A library display includes facts, giveaways ... and a laptop for self-service voter signup.

Exercising "the right of the people peaceably to assemble"

Constitution Week at Penn College kicked off Monday with a showing of a civil-rights documentary, “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” relating the nonviolent March 1965 battle to win voting rights for African-Americans. The 40-minute film tells of a courageous group of students and teachers who marched 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, achieving one of the most significant victories of its era. The screening was preceded by a brief overview of the civil-rights timeline from 1868 to 1965 and was followed by breakout discussions facilitated by faculty members from the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: Katrina A. Sinclair, assistant professor of humanities; John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science. Commemorating America’s seminal document, adopted 231 years ago this month, Constitution Week includes a display table in Madigan Library and voter registration tables at convenient campus locations.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

‘Out of the Darkness’ Walk Brings Hope to Heartbroken

Friends and family gather in memory of a loved one lost to suicide.

The 10th annual Greater Lycoming Out of the Darkness Community Walk, hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Central Pennsylvania chapter and Penn College, attracted 330 participants for a fundraising stroll across main campus. The Sept. 15 event collected more than $15,000 for suicide prevention efforts.

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Penn College Welcomes New Employees

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Dream Matches Real-World Need Addressed by Penn College

For a class assignment, 9-year-old Trevin Allen described his dream of working in plastics at SEKISUI SPI with his father, Lucas, a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology. Trevin’s mature goals prompted an invitation from the college, where he experienced various facets of applied technology. From left are Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development; Tom F. Gregory, associate vice president for instruction; and Trevin and Lucas Allen.

The dreams of many 9-year-olds transform them into adult superstars. What kid hasn’t dreamed of making the pivotal play to win the big game, belting out a tune to adoring fans or basking under the bright lights of Hollywood?

Trevin Allen.

No disrespect to athletes, rock stars and actors, but the fourth-grader’s dream – described for a class assignment – actually matches reality’s need: a need addressed by Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Trevin’s aspirations connect applied technology education to rewarding careers in the skilled workforce, which is grappling with a shortage of qualified professionals. His words are timely and impactful beyond his classroom at Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School.

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This Week’s Makerspace Topic: 3D Printing, Scanning

3D printing and scaningWeekly trainings at The Dr. Welch Workshop: A Makerspace at Penn College continue Thursday with instruction on use of a 3D printer and scanner. The demonstrations will be from 5-6 p.m. in Room 104 of the Carl Building Technologies Center. No reservations are required for the sessions, which run through Nov. 15 (with the exception of Oct. 18).
Next week: polystyrene models

Five Employers Coming to Penn College This Week to Meet You!

Five employers, looking for students and alumni in majors that span four of Penn College’s six academic schools, have scheduled information sessions this week:

  • PSA Airlines – 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rooms A209-10, Lumley Aviation Center (interviews to follow immediately)
  • Construction Specialties – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 122, Carl Building Technologies Center
  • Martin Marietta – 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Room 127, Schneebeli Earth Science Center
  • Drees Homes – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 122, BTC
  • Global Foundries – 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Room 107, College Avenue Labs

For more information, check out Career Services’ flyer: Employers Visiting Campus

Journey to the Winner’s Circle: Kentucky Derby Is a Culinary Marathon for Students

Culinary arts and systems student Jacob W. Parobek, of Seltzer, joins classmates to watch the storied Kentucky Derby from a rainy rooftop.

On Wednesday, three days before the Derby, students, from left, Bridget M. Callahan, of Pottsville; Bailey L. Frey, of Watsontown; Bethany R. Taylor, of Moosic; and Stephanie C. Myers, of Catawissa, step away from the kitchens to take in the world-famous track.

From the Fall 2018 Penn College Magazine: Penn College writer/video editor Tom Speicher embedded with hospitality students as they traveled to the 2018 Kentucky Derby. For a quarter century, Penn College students have joined the Derby’s culinary team. Read “Journey to the Winners’ Circle.”

Penn College Women Stay Unbeaten in Soccer

Six of eight Pennsylvania College of Technology fall sports teams saw action last week including the women’s soccer team, which stayed unbeaten, and the men’s soccer squad, which earned its first win of the season.

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Penn College Dental Hygiene Clinic Offers Care to Community

Pennsylvania College of Technology dental hygiene students, under the supervision of licensed dental professionals, provide affordable services to the public in the college’s Dental Hygiene Clinic.

The dental hygiene clinic at Pennsylvania College of Technology provides affordable preventive dental care to patrons from the surrounding community.

Services include cleanings ($5 to $15), exams, sealants ($10 first tooth, $5 each additional tooth) and X-rays ($2 to $15). To schedule an appointment, call 570-327-4500.

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‘Working Class’ Series Offers New Art Challenge, TV Marathon

Calling all budding artists and scientists! Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, producers of the “Working Class” public television series, are seeking entries in its latest K-12 art challenge, “Why Science Matters.”

Deadline for entries is Dec. 1. The challenge invites student artists to depict the importance of science in everyday life and offers awards in two categories: kindergarten-sixth grade and grades seven-12. Students may use any medium and supplies they choose.

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Director Appointed for Penn College Physician Assistant Program

Joshua A. Bower

Joshua A. Bower has been named director of the physician assistant program at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Bower is a certified physician assistant, licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. His primary focus is in ophthalmology. Prior to joining the Penn College staff in August, he was a physician assistant for six years at the Eye Center of Central PA.

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